We are now only hours away from the celebrations – the candy, Halloween costumes, haunted houses, trick-or-treating, parties, and so forth. I don’t know about you, Reader, but I’m barely able to sit still. Watching the clock isn’t helping, either. Time needs to hurry up!
In the meantime, though, let’s take a minute to contemplate whether or not Halloween can actually be cancelled. Sound crazy? Not so.
After all, the White House announced at 1:54pm today that it cancelled its annual Halloween celebration due to “…hurricane damage to Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area…” And it’s not the only one.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie actually “signed an executive order on Wednesday postponing Halloween celebrations across the state until Monday,” writes CNN.
“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christ told CNN.
In addition, residents in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut have been asked to not celebrate Halloween on October 31, and many Halloween celebrations and parades have been cancelled or postponed.
However, while many on the East Coast have decided not to celebrate the holiday, some are using Halloween as a release from the recent devastation.
“We were already planning on having a party,” Brooklyn resident Adam Scher told CNN. “But now that nobody can get into Manhattan we are really having a party.”
Along with his business partner, Scher is holding a party within their public relations office in Clinton Hill.
“People need something to do tonight. Everyone has been cooped up inside for the past four days, and nobody has anywhere to go or anything to do, so why not provide them with some fun celebratory festivities!”
But Scher is not alone in this determination to celebrate Halloween:
A 13-floor, 70-unit apartment building in Hoboken, New Jersey, is out of power and surrounded by water. They’ve been using smartphones to communicate with the outside world, and have been trapped for days. To entertain the kids, the residents all gathered in the lobby, encouraged the kids to dress in costume, and went trick-or-treating throughout the building.
If anything, the recent disaster has caused neighbors and friends to band together, to create a unique Halloween experience unlike any other.
So what about you, Reader? Are your Halloween plans cancelled or continuing as usual?